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More daring and subtle than the usual kids' fare.

An increasingly significant event for cinefiles of all ages.
-Time out ny

What we are looking for:
Each year the festival scours the globe to present a highly selective slate of the best animation, live action, documentary and experimental film from around the world. We are looking for creative, original, non-formulaic short and feature films that support our mission to create a more dynamic film culture for children and teens. We often program films that were not created with a young audience in mind, but are received passionately and enthusiastically by attendees ages 3-18 nonetheless. We are not shy about showing films with mature themes, subject matter, language or sensibilities.

2015-2016 Submission Fees and Deadlines

SHORT FILMS (under 40 minutes)
Early Deadline: Received by Sept 16, 2015 - $40
Final Deadline: Received by Oct 7, 2015 - $60
Student Deadline: Received by Oct 7, 2015 - $25

FEATURE FILMS (40 minutes or longer)
Early Deadline: Received by Oct 7, 2015 - $75
Final Deadline: Received by Nov 11, 2015 - $100
Student Deadline: Received by Nov 11, 2015 - $50

how to submit your film

1. submit payment
In order for your film to be considered for New York Int'l Children's Film Festival 2016, you must submit payment prior to submitting your film. After completing the form below and submitting your entry fee, you may submit your film via email or direct mail.

Film Title(s):


Film Type:

2. complete entry form
Selected the appropriate entry form for your submission type. Please note that we will NOT accept any submissions without a completed entry form.

3. submit your film and form
Send your film, along with its completed entry form, to our programming department.

Links to online screeners will be accepted via email and can be sent to

DVD screeners can be mailed to:
NYICFF Short/Feature Film Entry*
225 Broadway, #2610
New York, NY 10007

*please indicate the type of submission directly in the address of your submission package

frequently asked questions
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What is the preferred submission format?

Preferred submission format is an online Vimeo link that does not expire. Password-protected links are fine, so long as the password is supplied on your entry form. DVD and bluRay submissions will also be accepted. However, we will not accept downloadable files or Data DVDs

If I am mailing a DVD/BluRay screener, will my materials be returned to me?

Submission materials will not be returned. If you are concerned about your materials, we suggest you submit an online screener.

How will I know if my film is selected?

You will be notified if your film proceeds beyond the first initial screening, and again if your film is selected. Due to the large volume of submissions, we are not able to contact each individual filmmaker regarding the status of his or her film. If you have not heard from us by early February when our slate is released, your film was not selected for this year's Festival.

My film was not selected. Can you provide feedback?

Due to the volume of submissions we receive and limited resources, we are not able to provide feedback on films that were not selected.

Do you accept films made by children?

We accept submissions from filmmakers of all ages. That being said, we generally do not program films made by children, and currently do not have any special programs in the Festival dedicated to films made by kids.

Can I (or my studio/company) submit more than one film?

Yes, please! We want to see your work, and welcome as many submissions as you'd like. If you are planning on submitting more than 5 films, please contact for information on a discounted submission fee.

I am an independent filmmaker with limited financial resources; can I have the submission fee waived?

We love independent filmmakers, and we feel your pain! Unfortunately, as a small-staff non-profit organization, we know that feeling all too well, and are not in the position to waive submission fees. We rely on these funds to ensure that the Festival can continue year after year. We encourage you to submit by the early deadline to take advantage of the discounted fee.

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